Info for Athletes


Important safety considerations for the athletes to know and understand. Please review with your athlete prior to the first class.

Proper Attire

  • Hair should be tied away from the face
  • Jewelry of any type should not be worn.
  • Girls should wear a gymnastics leotard with no attached skirts. For tumbling only, comfortable shorts and a t-shirt that can be tucked in or tied (to avoid riding up) are appropriate as well. 
  • Boys should wear a t-shirt tucked into shorts or pants. Shorts or pants should not be too baggy.
  • Socks are unsafe in the gym because they are slippery on the apparatus/equipment, mats, and hard floors. Bare feet or gymnastics shoes (i.e., beam shoes) are recommended. Socks, however, must be worn on the competition trampolines.

Prior to Class

  • Only athletes and coaches are allowed on the floor.
  • Parents should talk to their child about staying in line, listening carefully to the coach/instructor and refraining from any talking or horseplay while in class.
  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early for class. Students should wait for the coach/instructor to escort the athletes into the gym.
  • Keep all siblings off the equipment and watch for other students running or playing on the equipment.
  • All parents should remain in the observation area and not enter the main gym.
  • Please take your child to the bathroom BEFORE class! If they have to use the restroom during class, they should notify their instructor. Parents of preschoolers should accompany their child to the restroom.
  • Coaches and instructors will educate the students about safety in the gym.

During Class

  • Be prepared to participate - physically and mentally. Warm up properly. Let your coach/instructor know of any potential problems such as injuries, sickness, fatigue or frustrations.
  • Do not walk across the tumbling floor to get to another part of the gym. You must go around, not across. This is one of the most common and avoidable ways students get injured.
  • Be supervised - there must be a coach/instructor present for students to be on the equipment.
  • Only one person should be on the equipment at a time, unless otherwise instructed by the coach/instructor.
  • There should be absolutely NO HORSEPLAY or running around on the equipment or in the gym.
  • Make sure to look around before you cross in front of other groups.
  • Athletes should check apparatus and equipment as well as personal equipment for proper setting and fit. Report problems to the coach/instructor.
  • Communicate clearly with the coach/instructor.
  • Use proper skill progressions, master basic skills first before progressing to more difficult skills.
  • Know the skills you are performing.
  • Commit to the entire skill and follow through.
  • Know your personal limitations – do not attempt skills you are not capable of performing.
  • Use proper landing technique and safety rolls when falling.

Special Apparatus/Equipment Precautions
Bars:

  • No hanging on supports.
  • Swing in the middle of the rails, not near the sides.
  • Never touch the spin locks or cables.
  • Remember: You won’t fall off unless you let go!
  • Improper swing technique is the most common cause of error on bars.
  • Keep hands away from the piston when adjusting the bars.  

Beam:

  • Remember: If you feel like falling, jump off!
  • Bend your knees upon landing.
  • Tell your instructor if you are afraid of the high beam.

Trampolines:

  • Trampolines must be used under proper supervision. No unsupervised use on this equipment. Always climb on and off the above ground trampoline.
  • Tumble down the middle of the trampoline bed.
  • Never stop on or near the springs.
  • Don’t follow too closely to the student ahead of you.
  • Always jump and stay in the middle and stay in control while bouncing.
  • Do not perform skills you are not capable of – use proper progressions.
  • Learn how to “freeze” and stop bouncing.
  • NEVER use the trampoline without a coach/instructor present.
  • The most important aspect of performance on the trampoline is control. Uncontrolled bouncing is not allowed.
  • Do not crawl under the apparatus.
  • It is possible to bounce off a trampoline and onto the floor at any time.
  • Improper landings on the trampoline bed itself can cause injury.
  • There should be ample distance between each bouncer to avoid a collision or dynamic “double bouncing”.
  • No toys on the equipment.
  • Do not bounce off the trampoline, instead climb off an above ground trampoline.

Pits:

  • Enter the pit one at a time.
  • Use safe landing positions – feet first, middle of the back, “open tuck” or sitting position.
  • NEVER land head first or in an arched position on the stomach or chest.
  • Enter the pit from solid footing or a stable apparatus.
  • The pit is not a fail safe for injury and should be used under supervision.
  • Athletes should only enter the pit one at a time.
  • Do not bury yourself or others in the pit or hide in the pit.
  • Feet or bottoms are the only safe landing areas on the bottom.

Mats:

  • Mats are not a fail safe for injury.
  • Never land on the head or neck as serious and catastrophic injuries could occur.
  • There is a limit to what a mat can do.
  • Watch for mat slippage and reposition as needed.